Popular now: Personal safety apps
We’ve been using our smartphones for a host of activities, most of which are entertainment-related. But once in a while, app developers would find a way to turn our can’t-live-without devices into a tool that can help make the world a better place. Last year, fitness apps were all the rage. Now, it’s shaping up to be the year of the personal safety app. And we’re shining the spotlight on three such services with some of the most compelling features.
The Companion app “lets you reach out to family, friends or your campus police and have them keep an eye on you as you travel late at night.” To activate, you need to enter your destination and select the desired contacts to be your “companion.” Even if they don’t have the app installed on their phone, your companion will be able to access a live map of your route and track your progress.
“If you start running, don’t make it to your destination on time, have your headphones yanked out or your phone falls to the ground, we will check in on you to make sure everything is okay. If you don’t respond in 15 seconds, we will automatically alert your Companions,” the developers say.
Developed by Filipinos for Filipinos, the Pure Force app “is a private initiative to offer to the public and government agencies a single tool to reach for help in emergency situations.” It is “designed to improve the daily lives of each and every citizen, by giving a safer solution to protect our lives.”
Available for use in the Philippines, the app lets citizens report crimes, emergencies and other situations wherein they need assistance from public service agencies. Requests are directed to the appropriate organization – ambulance, firemen, police, security personnel, and search and rescue – that can then track, monitor and respond to the incident.
A full-featured assault-response app, Stop Attack is a “virtual witness to assaults (verbal or physical), capturing moment-by-moment details via video and audio recordings, which are sent directly to secured cloud storage in real time. Even if you only capture a few moments of footage before you drop your device or it is broken, those precious recordings can be accessed later and used as evidence. Damage to the phone will not affect the recordings already sent to the cloud.”
Aside from recording, this app (available for a yearly subscription of $0.99) has a ‘Panic List’ feature that sends email and text message links of the recording and your GPS location to your trusted emergency contacts. An option to notify the authorities anywhere in the world is provided as well.
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